|Pelargonium x hortorum "Moulin Rouge" flowers|
The botanical name is Pelargonium x hortorum but they are mostly known as zonal geranium or pelargonium zonale. There are many varieties available on the market and every year is bringing even more and more choices.
|Pelargonium x hortorum "Maverick Violet" flowers|
The leaves have zones of creamy, maroon, dark red or yellowish-green with various shape of zoning's.
|Pelargonium Zonale"Simply Red" flower|
|Pelargonium x hortorum "Frank Headley" flower|
We've started from seeds many varieties of pelargonium x hortorum like: "Moulin Rouge", "Maverick Pink", "Maverick Violet", "Maverick Rose", Frank Headley, "Simply Red" and "Red Star", although they are also easy to propagate from cuttings (the traditional method).
|Pelargonium "Maverick Violet" flower with unusual heart-shaped markings on lower pettals|
Growing Pelargonium "Moulin Rouge" from seeds was also our 2012 Raising Pelargoniums from seeds project as members of Canadian Geranium & Pelargonium Society.
|Pelargonium x hortorum "Moulin Rouge" "2012 CG&PS project - raising pelargonium from seeds "|
Scarifying the seed before planting helped aid germination (to 1-2 weeks to germinate and sprout). As we said many times, growing pelargoniums from seeds is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very rewarding; plants grown from seed are generally more vigorous than cuttings.
|Pelargonium x hortorum " Simply Red" flowers|
Removing the entire flower stalk after the flower fades and gathering the seeds encourage more blooms, and, believe me, they are prolific bloomers almost year round.
Pelargonium x hortorum are easy to raise, disease and over-watering resistant and withstand a wider temperature range than scented leaf pelargoniums. In Vancouver's climate, they may over-winter outside if the winter is mild (we succeeded last winter with some plants potted in jardinieres and hanging baskets), although it is better to provide them some protection against winds and excessive rain (especially to those plants potted in shallow bonsai pots).
|Pelargonium zonale "Frank Headley"|
On top of their hardiness and easy to care, Pelargonium zonale (zonal geranium) are a vivid colored completion to our scented garden, and make appealing displays and eye-catching flower arrangements.
|Pelargonium zonale " Moulin Rouge"|